Guest Writer Barbara Plummer
(July 30, 2015) We thank our amazing sponsor, Bike Gallery, and other local bike non-profits including Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm, for helping us bring more joy to more people at Portland Sunday Parkways.
While Portland already boasts one of the highest bike commute rates in the country, many Sunday Parkways participants are new to biking, with some dusting off bicycles that have been stored in garages or basements for years. Without these wonderful organizations, basic mechanical issues such flat tires, rusty chains, and sticky brakes would keep many participants from experiencing the thrill of Sunday Parkways.
Bike Gallery has been a major contributor since the beginning, participating at every single Sunday Parkways since the first one in 2008 – that’s 32 Sunday Parkways so far! They continue to support each event with a booth for free repairs.
Over the years, other shops and community organizations have joined us to provide bike repair services to participants. Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm are both non-profit groups that help get more participants out enjoying Sunday Parkways by bike who otherwise may not be able to.
Bikes for Humanity PDX provides affordable refurbished bicycles to riders of all economic backgrounds. They also provide training, tools and shop space for volunteers to learn to work on refurbishing donated bikes. Bikes for Humanity volunteers were at Alberta Park on Sunday and were busy all day.
The mission at Bike Farm is to provide a space where people can learn about the bicycle and build community around promoting sustainable transportation. Bike Farm is a do-it-yourself bike shop staffed entirely by volunteers who help guide patrons in learning and doing their own bike repair.
Sunday Parkways is all about opening Portland streets for neighbors to walk, bike, roll and discover active, healthy transportation. Our recent Northeast event on Sunday, July 26 brought over 22,000 participants out to enjoy a fantastic day – even with a few sprinkles near the end of the afternoon. We hope to see you atthe next Sunday Parkways event in Southeast Portland on Sunday, August 23rd.